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Australian Forced off French Beach over Burkini Ban

MELBOURNE, Sept 20  – An Australian woman was forced off a beach on the French Riviera after beachgoers objected to her wearing a full-body swimsuit, or “burkini”, images broadcast on Australian television showed. Zeynab Alshelh travelled from Sydney several weeks ago with her parents to show solidarity with Muslims in France, equipped with Australian-designed burkinis

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Arabs Flee Gulf Heat for Alpine Idyll, Despite Talk of Veil Ban

By Kirsti Knolle ZELL AM SEE, Austria, Sept 14  – While France’s seaside resorts grapple with the clash of cultures posed by Muslim women in “burkinis”, a tourist town in the Austrian Alps has grown used to visitors in Islamic dress tip-toeing over its pristine summer snow. Zell am See’s high mountains, dense forests and

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Burkini Row Divided French People, Muslim Nice Students Say

NICE, France, Sept 14 – For students Omeyma Jebali and Sofia Abbou a ban on the burkini swimming costume, though now lifted, has ruined the allure of the beaches of southern France, unleashing a debate that seemed to them to question their place as Muslim women in France. “We never had any problems, everything was really

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Judge in French Riviera’s Nice Deals Further Blow to Burkini Foes

PARIS, Sept 4 – Attempts to ban burkini-clad women from the beaches of France’s Riviera coast suffered a further setback when a judge in the city of Nice declared the prohibition of the body-hiding swimwear to be illegal there. The verdict delivered on Thursday was the latest of several rulings against bans imposed by local authorities

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Israeli Jews, Muslims Puzzled by French “Burkini” Brouhaha

By Luke Baker TEL AVIV, Aug 31  – In Israel, where it is fair to say Muslims and Jews do not always agree, there is shared confusion and surprise at events across the Mediterranean: the push by French mayors to ban full-body swimsuits, or “burkinis”, on beaches. France’s highest administrative court ruled against the ban

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France’s Sarkozy says Would Change Constitution to Ban Burkinis

PARIS, Aug 29 – Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy said on Monday he would change the country’s constitution to ban full-body burkini swimsuits if he is re-elected to his former role in a vote next April. Positioning himself as a defender of French values and tough on immigration, the conservative said last week that he

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Anti-Burkini Law in France Would Worsen Tension: Interior Minister

PARIS, Aug 29 – A law banning the full-body “burkini” swimsuit in France would stoke tensions between communities and would be both unconstitutional and ineffective, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in an interview published on Sunday. France’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, ruled on Friday against a decision to ban the burkini by

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French Court Suspends Burkini Ban, Controversy Goes On

PARIS, Aug 28 – A French court on Friday suspended a ban on women wearing full-body “burkini” swimsuits on a Mediterranean town’s beach but the prime minister said the debate was not over, calling the outfit a symbol of a “backwards, deadly Islamism”. The Council of State’s ruling against the resort of Villeneuve-Loubet is expected

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France, the Burkini and a “Battle of Cultures”

By Richard Lough PARIS, Aug 25 – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended a ban on burkinis in more than a dozen coastal towns on Thursday, saying France was locked in a “battle of cultures” and that the full-body swimsuit symbolized the enslavement of women. Photographs of armed police ordering a Muslim woman on a

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Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Weeny Outrage

Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Weeny Outrage The year’s hottest swimsuit—and its most controversial—leaves a lot more to the imagination BY Leah Mcgrath Goodman Ah, summer! Long days, blistering heat, cool dips in the pool. And the burkini. Yes, the burkini is a portmanteau for burqa, a robe-like garment popular with some Muslim women, and bikini, a two-piece bathing

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